by Bill Brine
Consumer Reports “Best Used Vehicles for Under $ 20,000” is a good place to start to look for such reliable 2007 cars. Another is Edmunds “2010 Used Car Best Bets.” Of course, your individual wants and needs – and budgetary considerations – come into play as well. That said, check out these top picks for Best Used 2007 Cars:
Honda Fit – Looking for a subcompact with the reliability of a Honda? How about the Honda Fit? Fun to drive, offering spacious rear seats and numerous innovative storage options, Fit also achieves excellent fuel economy – not a minor consideration with uncertain fuel costs. Consumer Guide comments: “Given the tiny footprint it places upon the road, Fit is likely the most space-efficient vehicle on sale in the United States. There are less expensive entry-level rivals, and $ 1000-$ 2000 more gets you into the range of more substantial-feeling cars, including Honda’s own Civic, the Mazda 3, and the Hyundai Elantra. But you’ll be hard pressed to match the Fit’s blend of thrift, clever packaging, standard safety features, spry road manners, and Honda pedigree. That makes it a Recommended pick.”
Buick LaCrosse – Though reviewers say it can’t match the Honda Accord for value, the 2007 Buick LaCrosse midsize sedan does offer consumers some laudable attributes. Edmunds says, “Overall, the 2007 Buick LaCrosse is a pretty decent car. It’s fairly quick with the top-line V6, and it delivers a smooth, quiet ride.” This car is a far different cry from the all-new 2010 model, but when it comes to reliability and value for the money in the used-car market, Consumer Reports lists the 2007 Buick LaCrosse in the $ 12,000-$ 14,000 price range.
Hyundai Elantra – Editors at Edmunds were so impressed with their long-term Hyundai Elantra that they also rewarded it with first place in the compact sedan category for their “2010 Used Car Best Bets” for model years 2003-2008. Adding to Elantra’s appeal is the fact that the compact sedan was redesigned for model year 2007. Edmunds praises Elantra’s “peppy performance and a smooth ride,” its “solid build quality, reliability and operating economy.” Note that the Consumer Reports list shows 2007 Hyundai Elantra’s in the $ 10,000-$ 12,000 price range.
Nissan Maxima – In the hotly-contested midsize sedan segment, Nissan Maxima is an interesting value proposition. On the one hand, it’s a good choice for a family sedan. It’s capable and confident. But it’s certainly not a Honda Accord in terms of overall value. Neither is it a performer like a Cadillac CTS premium sport sedan. No, it’s somewhere in the middle. Still, Edmunds says: “Although the 2007 Nissan Maxima offers a likeable combination of performance, luxury and interior room, there are now many good sedans in this price range.”
Subaru Impreza – Auto reviewers note that all models of the 2007 Subaru Impreza sedan lead the class in terms of standard all-wheel drive and safety features. High safety ratings are the icing on the cake. In its top 10 list of 2007 quickest cars under $ 20,000, Car and Driver notes of 10th-place Subaru Impreza: “Few economy cars on the planet are as visceral, as hard-wired to the driver’s inputs. But if this is an honest, no-frills piece of engaging engineering, it is also showing its age.”
Other best used 2007 cars worth a look include the Honda Accord and Civic, Hyundai Azera and Sonata, Lincoln Town Car, Mazda 3, Nissan Altima, Pontiac Vibe, and Volkswagen Rabbit.
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